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And I told him about the episode. ' And he said, 'The Second Council of Orange states that faith and reason are opposites of each other/ But I answered him: 'Look, I have taught theology for a while, but I really do not recall that this is something that is taught to seminarians. However, you who consider yourself an historian should know that a passage from a speech, a page of a book, a statement, must be judged, to find the meaning of their words, in terms of the climate of awareness and mentality dominant in their given epoch/ Since I had to go and the class was crowding all around to listen to what we were saying, and I wanted to leave the students with something definite, I said to the professor: 'Listen, professor, I swear to you that you are standing in front of me.
These centers, which came into being from 1965 on, acted as a gathering and reference point for persons and church groups also stimulated by the events taking place to assume clearly their own identity and their own responsibility in the Church of God in the world. From this starting point the groups of university students, first under the name of "Letter to Diognetus" and then from 1969 as "Communion and Liberation," soon resumed their presence and witness also in public. A FEW WORDS OF HISTORY 53 In those same years immediately preceding the GS crisis and 1968, the movement had also reached a turning point, as unwanted as it was decisive.
Authority, in this sense, is an instrument for effective criticism: to educate, in effect, means to educate to a critical sense, to accustom students to face tradition, life, and its situations as a "problem" (from the Greek pro-bdllo). This means facing life on the hypothesis that the criteria contained in the nature of the heart find most adequate. In this way the critical sense is not the same as doubt, which ends up paralyzing every search, but is the spring that continually launches individuals into the adventure of the real and makes them embrace all of life.